This week covers Power & Privilege as is it understood through 1950's and 60's Rock-and-Roll. Review the resources listed below to prepare for this week’s assignment. Before reviewing these resources, read through the assignment instructions so you know what you will be expected to do with this material.
This listing of definitions in this resource will be helpful for the readings in this unit. They help to set a foundational understanding of terminology that will be used throughout the readings. Students should read this document fully and use it as a resource throughout the unit.
TEDx Talks. (2012, Apr 11). TEDxEMU - Justin Ford - Pedagogy of privilege [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW9ey3N924Q
This TEDx Talk by Justin Ford addresses the challenges in learning about privilege. He defines privilege in a comprehensive way and offers some activities that help to illustrate the concept. This talk introduces the "Multi-Dimension" model of privilege, which is a holistic, comprehensive approach to teaching the idea.
Bloomberg, L.P. (Producer) (2012). Economic edge: The price of inequality [Video file]. Retrieved from https://video-alexanderstreet-com.proxy1.ncu.edu/watch/economic-edge-the-price-of-inequality/cite?context=channel:academic-video-online
This interview with Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Steglitz who talks about rising income and wealth inequality and the effect that it has on the overall environment.
As/Is. (2015, July 4). What is privilege? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/hD5f8GuNuGQ
The idea of privilege is complex. Similar to Justin Ford's talk in "Pedagogy of Privilege," this video depicts BuzzFeed Studios staff engaging in an activity to illustrate how privilege can put some “ahead of others.”
Margolin, L. (2015, June 10). Unpacking the invisible knapsack: The invention of white privilege pedagogy. Cogent Social Sciences, 1(1), 1053183. https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2015.1053183. Retrieved from https://www.cogentoa.com/article/10.1080/23311886.2015.1053183/references
This article examines the origins of white privilege pedagogy, using the analogy of an invisible knapsack to illustrate how systems of oppression work.
Sut Jhally (Producer), & Wise, T. (Director). (2008). Tim wise on white privilege: Racism, white denial & the costs of inequality [Video file]. Media Education Foundation. Retrieved from https://video-alexanderstreet-com.proxy1.ncu.edu/watch/tim-wise-on-white-privilege-racism-white-denial-the-costs-of-inequality/cite?context=channel:academic-video-online
This talk by Tim Wise covers white privilege, racism, and the effect on economics, politics, and culture.
Martinez, T. A. (2015). Rock and roll, CRT, and America in the 1950's musical counternarratives in the Jim Crow south. Race, Gender & Class, 2(3-4), 195-215. Retrieved from https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/26505356.pdf?ab_segments=0%252Fdefault-2%252Fcontrol&refreqid=excelsior%3A8792df7d62eaa69fdfe4424c32664769
The emergence of rock and roll in the 1950s made way for cultural shifts and counter culture; in many ways, it reinforced racial hierarchies and stereotypes. Read this article to learn more about these cultural shifts.
Shifferaw, A. (2016). "Hound dog" and 10 covers by White artists of black musicians' songs. Retrieved from https://www.okayplayer.com/news/hound-dog-and-10-covers-by-white-artists-of-black-musicians-songs.html
From Elvis Presley’s cover of Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton’s “Hound Dog” to Soft Cell’s cover of Gloria Jones’ “Tainted Love,” this list provides ten rock and roll hits originally performed by Black musicians that later became national and global hits when performed by white artists. Listen to all 10 of the originals and covers of the songs here.
Carson, M. Lewis, T., Shaw, S. M., Baumgardner, J., & Richards, A. (2004). Girls rock!: Fifty years of women making music. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.proxy1.ncu.edu/docview/2132069460/bookReader?accountid=28180&ppg=42
While the 1950s rock 'n' roll movement was inspired by the experiences of women and the Black American experience, these voices were surprisingly not at the forefront of the movement. Read Chapter 2, Girls Rock!: Fifty Years of Women Making Music to learn more about the stories and experiences of women and Black Americans in this quintessential movement.